Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

If your child has autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder such as ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder, it can be empowering to develop a biomedical plan. Use this biomedical plan as a symptom checklist to work with your practitioners to guide treatments, medications, biochemical interventions, therapies and evaluations. Now objectively think about your child and circle the symptoms that apply to him/her. Physical Symptoms Symptoms of Physical Motor Impairment (Fine and Gross) Falls easily Poor balance Difficulty navigating uneven surfaces Reduced fine motor skills Abnormal gait Walking on toes Poor muscle strength/low tone Overall muscle weakness W sitting Slumping posture Other______________________ Symptoms of Oral-Motor Difficulty Drooling Gags when eating Swallowing issues Oral motor weakness that results in food aversions (prefers pureed foods) Poorly chews food/exhibits mouth stuffing Poor articulation Expressive language delay Other______________________ Symptoms of Digestive System (GI-Related) Issues Vomiting Acid reflux Chronic constipation Chronic diarrhea Self-limiting diet to small number of foods (picky eating) Fluid refusal Weight loss Failure to…

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Mention the words nutrition and autism, and many people quickly but exclusively think of the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill. When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far-reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of: Picky-eating behaviors Limited diets Bowel irregularities Food allergies or sensitivities Physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies A Vicious Cycle A vicious cycle is created which goes something like this: The poorly functioning digestive tract (whether from food allergies, lack…

Anesthesia and Autism

Anesthesia and Autism

Anesthesia and Autism

Parent advocate Alyssa Davi explains the risks of anesthesia and autism in this article. The purpose of this article is to highlight the medical issues surrounding anesthesia and autism so parents are better informed prior to their child having a procedure that requires it. In addition, parents need to be aware that some children have regressed into autism after undergoing anesthesia or sedation. Procedures such as endoscopies, colonoscopies and ear tube placement are all common medical procedures that require anesthesia or sedation. It is important to know the associated risks before anesthesia and or sedation is selected and before the procedure takes place. This is important because there is very little knowledge in the general medical community about the link between mitochondrial disease, autism and anesthesia/sedation risks. Some children have an undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder which impairs energy production and makes anesthesia selection, procedures and precautions even more critical. With anesthesia there are always some associated risks and even being cautious,…

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter Imbalances

Neurotransmitter imbalances are common in mood and behavior disorders such as: Bipolar disorder Depression Anxiety Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Pyrrole disorder Eating disorders Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) ADHD/ADD Schizophrenia Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Addictive behaviors Many children, especially those on the autism spectrum, also experience: Mood swings Anxiety Self-stimulatory behaviors Aggression Depression Anger Irritability Self-injurious behaviors One way to really understand what is going on neurologically with your child is to test for different biochemical imbalances that which can help you determine where the issues are and how to nutritionally correct them. It is important to note that neurotransmitter imbalances often begin in the gut, both because intestinal microbes play a critical role in the production and metabolism of neurotransmitters, but also because nutritional precursors to neurotransmitters are derived from the gut. If your child is exhibiting mood or behavioral symptoms, the first place to look is the health of their gut and the composition of their diet. Below are…

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The epidemic means that least 54% of U.S. children have a diagnosed chronic health condition such as an autoimmune disorder, neurodevelopmental disorder or mood/behavioral disorder. Why? Why does 1 in 12 children have an anaphylactic food allergy? Why do almost 10% of kids have ADHD? Why does at least 1 in 8 children have asthma? Why does 1 in 36 children have autism? It wasn’t like this when we were kids ourselves. School nurses’ offices weren’t lined with epi-pens and inhalers. We didn’t know anyone who had autism; now, almost everyone knows of at least one kid with it. What changed? We’re here to help you find the answers to these and similar questions. Root Causes When our own children were younger, we often wondered if other children had as many diagnoses and were on as many medications as ours were. We, too, wanted to know why our kids were so sick with conditions like acid reflux, failure to thrive,…

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

More Than a Diagnosis: TBI, Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia

We interviewed Emily Abbott and Jessica Burdg of the Who Is Carter Foundation and The Brain Possible project about the new book, More Than a Diagnosis. Instead of focusing on what your child can’t do, have you ever wondered what they could do? Emily and Jessica have connected with dozens of families who put blinders on to the noise of gloom and doom, of negative predictions or assumptions, of their children’s diagnoses such as: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) such as concussions Cerebral palsy Autism Cystic fibrosis Dyslexia Spina bifida Down syndrome Epilepsy Rare genetic conditions PANS/PANDAS Through their work, they have discovered stories of hope of children with these conditions. Many of these parents looked outside the box of their children’s diagnoses and tried a variety of therapies that are typically not recommended by traditional, western-medicine doctors. However, by doing so, they have become empowered and informed by looking into non-traditional therapies such as: Orton-Gillingham multisensory phonics technique for children…

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

Soft Signs of a Compromised Immune System

We interviewed Beth Lambert and Patricia Lemer about soft signs of a compromised immune system, which are red flags of your child’s health. Soft signs are symptoms that affect the immune system. Typical soft signs are: One or two red cheeks after eating Chronic runny nose or cough Chronic mouth breathing Recurrent ear infections Chronic or recurrent sinus infections Cradle cap Dark circles or bags surrounding the eyes Colic, excessive crying or irritability in babies Chronic constipation or diarrhea Food sensitivities, intolerances and/or allergies These soft signs indicate that the immune system is dysfunctional, which can happen for many reasons such as birthing practices, antibiotics, diet and toxicity. Soft signs often precede more complicated diagnoses such as: Autism ADHD Allergies Asthma Autoimmune disorders Developmental delays Dyspraxia and apraxia Failure to thrive Emotional, behavioral and mood symptoms Learning disabilities PANS/PANDAS Sensory Processing Disorder Speech and language issues Because these symptoms many times precede these diagnoses, it indicates that even neurodevelopmental disorders…

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

We interviewed Julie Matthews CNC about nourishing hope for autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and allergies with dietary changes to improve health, learning and behavior. Implementing a gut-healing diet, correcting nutritional deficiencies and eliminating food sensitivities are the foundation of recovering your child or yourself from a chronic health condition. If implemented correctly, such a diet can significantly improve the results of your child’s therapies. Julie believes that there is no one-size-fits-all dietary program for children with autism or other chronic health conditions; she calls this bioindividual nutrition. Each child is unique with individual biochemical needs and requires a unique bio-individual nutrition approach. In this webinar, we discussed healing diets such as: Elimination diet Gluten-free casein-free diet Specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet Paleo diet Low oxalate diet Body Ecology Diet Failsafe diet Feingold diet Low-glutamate diet Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video….

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

We interviewed Suzanne Goh MD about mitochondrial dysfunction, which is common in children with seizures and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. The best way to think of mitochondrial dysfunction is like thinking about economics:  supply and demand. People with mitochondrial dysfunctions can’t supply enough energy to meet their bodies’ demands. Seemingly typical things to most people can cause an energy drain in those with mitochondrial dysfunction. Breakthroughs in neurological research have shown the essential role of mitochondria to healthy brain function and development. Key nutrients to target mitochondrial function can have a positive impact on language, communication, and social ability – from infancy to adulthood. Watch this webinar to find out more about this subject that might be more common than is currently suspected. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Suzanne Goh MD Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric behavioral neurologist, a neuroscience…

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

We interviewed registered dietitian Vicki Kobliner about the importance of preconception and prenatal care in the age of chronic childhood diseases. Because Vicki works with many children with autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, her passion is educating potential mothers about preparing their bodies for conception so that their children don’t end up as another statistic in the growing epidemic of chidren’s chronic diseases and disorders. Over 54% of American children have some form of chronic illness, whether it’s autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, mood disorders, diabetes or obesity. When that many kids are sick, it’s time to take a look at helping potential mothers understand that their toxicity, gut dysbiosis, nutritional deficiencies and stress responses can get passed onto their children. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Vicki Kobliner MS RDN Vicki Kobliner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with over 20 years of…